Do you like spas and massages and of course not forgetting some good food to go with it? Overtime when I had a long week and yearning for a good day’s break This is a good place to go to. Tucked inside an old building along Guillemard road, G.Spa is the place for you to indulge in great food and rejuvenate using their various facilities and services.
Open 24hrs, you will not have to be deprived of a good massage and rest when you dearly needed one and guess what? You’re entitled up to a 24hrs stay in the premises and iEatTravel here will show you what are to great eats to indulge in as well as a little stay here with your other half. G.Spa welcomes both sexes where they are facilities like the Hot & Cold pools, Steam rooms, Saunas and even relaxation lounges where you can catch up with your favourite movies which you have missed it during theatre showings.
If you fancy some services from G.Spa, they have a variety of packages and massage services for everyone. From the usual massages in their massage rooms and they even offer couple rooms for a more intimate and private massage experience, they even have treatment rooms for body scrubs or facial or foot massages. I have not tried any of the packages only the basics massage and I would say it is fairly soothing and relaxing. Go on and look up for a package to your desire and enjoy the many facilities at the spa.
My focus here is of course the food! And food is one of the main reason that brought me here. G.Spa’s all day buffet-style dining experience is unique for spas in Singapore. There is a gourmet selection of local delights to whet any appetite. They also have a daily special where you can actually try out two different kinds of speciality if you’re planning to stay for 24hrs in the spa (which I didn't do that). The dining area is cosy and comfortable where if you're going there with a group, they have seats available to accommodate at least 4 to a table and the environment is relaxed. Magazines, newspapers, televisions are available in this area and if you’re just a mobile gadget addict, there is free wifi for you to surf your social pages and also log on to iEatTravel.com when you’re there. :P
Fish soup with bee hoon is a healthy choice if you’re not looking for something too have before your massage commences. Tasty soup with generous vegetables and yummy fried fish will get you hooked and almost asking for another bowl (but don't forget you might have a massage after this). A huge variety of hot and cold drinks available which you will be spoilt for choice. I don't fancy the some of the juices which tastes artificial to me. How about western food?
Gourmet burger or a club sandwich which will make you drool as you savour each bite of it. I think the key ingredient to these is freshness but I’m quite disappointed with the gourmet burger (which I thought must be something different or I don't know, maybe fancy?). Its like a fish fillet burger where we can get it at some western stalls in the coffeeshops but its tasty though don't get me wrong but the gourmet spoils my image of the burger.
What else do they have and since they offer you a 24hrs stay, this cant be it right? Their specials for the day was Fish and chips, nicely breaded fried fish fillet and potato wedges. I love the crunch on the criss fillet and soft tender flaky fish in it. Their local delights is something which you can look out for. Lontong is okie to order if you’re a fan of it and how about Char Kway Teow (literally "stir-fried ricecake strips”) which I think is a another dish which I don't mind ordering a second time. Just that I wish that they could have use pork lard to fry it and the smell will be gorgeous!
Then comes the heavy duty. If you’ve done your massages and after all the usage of the facilities, you can consider the nasi lemak. A good serving of side to go with the fragrant rice. They have Ikan bilis with peanuts (fried anchovies), an egg, luncheon meat (pan fried spam) and fried chicken wing. Its heavenly (if you’re lucky, the chicken wings are just being fried and its crispy and tender.) and its a must to order when you’re there and of course, please take note of your food intake before your massages or using any facilities and I’m sure the staffs (as well as the patrons) would not want to encounter a Merlion here at G.Spa.
Its only me and myself to try out as many food as possible to share wth you what they can offer. Do go and try out and share with me your experience and also the daily special during your visit! Enjoy and relax ya~~
G.Spa Fitness and Recreation Hub
102 Guillemard Road,
Yes talking about the my crave for steamboat, and this afternoon had my craving fixed for Japanese style steamboat. Total of 5 different kinds of soup base to choose from (of course being the greedy, I actually wanted to try all 5… but…) and served in a yuan yang pot which can cater to two kinds of flavours.
"This “House of Hot Pot” is designed to offer heart-warming dining experiences at equally affordable prices. Diners enjoy unlimited, top-quality chilled beef and pork in paper-thin slices and farmed chicken that are oh-so-delicious in their own right. Another highlight of Suki-Ya is its vegetable bar featuring a wide variety of fresh vegetables to round up the meal with a healthy touch. Along with sumptuous soups and broths, dining at Suki-Ya is bound to perk up everyone’s taste buds!" - extracted from the website.
Lunch at this branch seems to be smooth and not too packed. You actually have a limited time to enjoy your meal (which is what I actually don't like) but 90mins is good enough for me to enjoy and fill my stomach.
Two bars of vegetables to choose from, pretty fresh but the shrooms variety is limited and those golden mushroom lovers, you might not enjoy it here hor… They have 3 kinds of meat, pork,, chicken and beef, thinly sliced and great for your shabu shabu.
I personally love the sukiyaki soup (soy sauce sweet flavour) base and I chose shabu (the savoury cousin of sukiyaki) as the other. Similar to those Chinese style steamboat, you can mix your own dipping; ponzu, raw egg, spicy peanut sauce, spring onions, chilli or add in some chopped garlics.
Give me these and I'm a happy man! Love sliced meat, they are good and its yummy and worth it for the price at lunch! I think there is a promotion going on now so even better for me! #nomnomnom If only they allow me to have some nice desserts and give me my shrooms, they will get a high score from me. For now, its a 3.5/5 and its still worth a try if you have the crave for some soupy buffet steamboat~!
There are a total of 09 outlets for this restaurant and some of them are situated in the heartlands. Do give it a try and share with me if you like it. :)
Finally gotten myself a desktop to work on my articles and pictorials. Having quite a few places to recommend and to share with you all. And let us continue with my food blog on yet another buffet treat.
There is always a craving for steamboat buffets even in a hot and humid Singapore. We have so many varieties over the years and you can really find so many different styles from Japanese which is one of my favourite to Chinese SiChuan style. on this article, I would like to share with you this lovely steamboat place, Coca steamboat, where you can have Ala-carte Thai-style “Suki”
On the web or maybe in the restaurant, you might be guided on “how to fully enjoy” the true Thai-style Suki Steamboat. but honestly speaking, I feel that you should just follow how you would want to enjoy it yourself. this Ala-carte steamboat buffet first starts off with a set of vegetables and a small portion of meat. You might want to consider to inform the serving crew of your preference of food (especially if you’re a carnivore).
The food served are fresh but there is a limited choice of food available and of you’re looking for thinly sliced beef, I would not suggest you to order the beef on the buffet menu. You can however order it separately and i think they have quite a variety of meats available for additional orders. Sometimes when have steamboat, we would casually just dump everything into the hot boiling soup but here at Coca, they can help you “start up” the first round of food and put them in accordingly so that the food cooks perfectly all at the same time.
Oh I forgot about the soup base, there is a few choices to choose from. Similar to many other steamboat places, you can choose up to 2 bases to enjoy. I wouldn't say the soup is fantastic, but I definitely enjoyed drinking it after a few rounds of seafood and meat boiling in it.
The seafood is fresh and of course crunchy vegetables. Just a reminder, you might not be able to find crab sticks or some basic ingredients for your steamboat here. In fact, Coca focuses more on the higher quality range of food like fish glue, cuttlefish, sotong balls, prawns and poultry.
With the amount that you have to pay, you can expect good service, fresh food and of course, get a great company to enjoy this wonderful meal! Give it a try and let me know what you think of and gosh I’m craving for steamboat again! (Maybe a Japanese style this time)
Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, all day dining, The Square Restaurant offers a daily Lunch and Dinner buffet with interactive live cooking stations featuring international and local cuisines. With a fair selection of foods available and the quality of the food presented, there is no wonder why it is packed on a Tuesday afternoon.
Located on the 7th floor, The Square restaurant international buffet includes Singaporean favourite Dishes like Laksa as well as fresh prawns & mussels, roasted meats, homemade Dim Sum, delicious A-la minute Risotto and a wide range of curries with condiments. You can actually choose to have their buffet or A la carte during lunch and dinner.
I came for the buffet and this hip and modern restaurant though small and the variety of food compared to some is pretty little, but the quality and freshness of the food is good. You can interact directly with the chefs and have your desired dish prepared in the open kitchen, as they move through the different stations. Like for example the laksa, mee rebus and even pastas and grilled meat.
They offer a good spread of salad and cold cuts with a fair range of Chinese cooked food like fried noodles, vegetables, a small selection of Japanese sushi and sashimi. Fancy some Indian curry vegetables and rice? Or how about dim sum or satay? I must say out of all, their cakes and dessert selection has the most. From chocolate fondue, to tarts and puddings, they even introduce Asian delights such as the kueh lapis and durian pengat which is super yummy!
For the price, you have a bit of everything and do make a reservation if you’re planning to have your lunch or dinner buffet here as it seems like its full during such hours.
The Square @ Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
177A River Valley Road
Monday - Saturday: 6.30am - 10.30am
Sunday: 7.00am - 11.00am
Lunch - Buffet & Ala Carte
Daily: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Dinner - Buffet & Ala Carte
Daily: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Chef Wan calls his buffet place a place with larger than life spreads, innumerable appetizers options, delectable main courses and mouthwatering desserts. Everything is made KING size for you to enjoy. And how many of you have been to 1 Market and how do you find the spread of the food, the atmosphere and the price?
Southeast Asia’s most illustrious chef and Malaysia’s appointed culinary ambassador, Chef Wan created many yummy South East Asian flavours dishes and you can find them all at this place. The buffet boasts a gastronomic spread of appetisers, salads, seafood, grill, casserole, hotpots and desserts helmed with recipes bursting with Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian &Middle Eastern flavours. I was so excited when I first stepped into the restaurant and you can smell the lovely flavours already.
Although I arrived pretty early, the section where it places all the seafood is almost empty. There are Alaskan King Crab legs, Mussels, Scallops, Prawns and other shellfishes and I’m sure there is supposed to be fresh oysters as well and its gone?!! Nevermind, I shall start with some fresh greens and appetizers. As compared to many buffet places, they tend to introduce soda drinks to their patrons and here at 1 Market, juices or hot drinks are readily available.
You can start off your mains with something light like porridge or some small cuts of beef or mutton, sashimi, sushi or chawamushi can be a good start too if you’re into Japanese food. Fresh fish and slightly thicker cuts are placed on the serving sections and it is also one of the more popular sections in the restaurant. You might want to forget about getting a chawamushi if the steamer isn’t on (which happened on the day I was there) It doesn’t taste nice when it’s not warm.
Some of the popular dishes you might want to feast on would be the chilli and black pepper crabs, beef rendang, satay and grilled squids. Being the first Halal Buffet restaurant in Singapore, Chef Wan prides his dishes as the dishes are all authentic and recipes created by him. They also have a section where they would come out with daily specials and when I was there, they are serving Singapore Laksa, a delicious tasting soup and wonderful ingredients. They even have a section where you can “create” or make your own Rojak (a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.) and Kueh Pie Tee (thin and crispy pastry tart shell Kuih filled with a spicy, sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawns.)
Last but not least, an array of fruits, desserts to end the meal. You can have cream puffs, Kueh Lapis, or even some Nonya cakes and even a few scoops of ice cream! Overall, 1 Market can satisfy your taste buds with lots of authentic flavours from the neighbouring regions but I think it is on a pricy side taking into account that the dishes available. Maybe you can consider coming in for a luncheon with your friends and you can be sure your Malay friends are invited as well!